LIBERTY, Mo. — The Fort Hays State baseball team was unable to come up with many timely hits Wednesday afternoon (March 21) against William Jewell, stranding eight runners on base in an 11-1 loss. The Tigers are now 9-17 on the year, while the Cardinals move back to .500 on the year at 8-8.
The Tigers collected seven hits in the loss, with runners reaching base in six different innings. Addison Kaasch got the afternoon started on a positive note, doubling down the left field line with one out in the top of the first. Wyatt Schulz pitched around the hit for the Cardinals, retiring the next two batters to strand Kaasch in scoring position.
William Jewell put up a three-spot in the home half of the first inning thanks to four singles and a walk. Zach Rothert (0-1) settled down after the first, retiring the side in order in the second and fourth innings while allowing a single run in the third.
Fort Hays State got one run back in the top of the fourth when Ryan Grasser was hit by a pitch with two outs. Jordan Wilkerson made Schulz pay for the mistake, sending a triple to deep center to score the Tiger second baseman.
The Cardinals put up two more runs in the fifth inning, chasing Rothert after four innings, six earned runs and three strikeouts. Easton Palmer came out of the pen to toss three scoreless frames, allowing just two hits while walking none and striking out one Cardinal batter.
After the Tigers left runners on base in each of their final three at bats, the home team pushed across five runs in the eighth inning to secure the non-conference victory.
Grasser and Wilkerson both picked up two hits for FHSU, with Kaasch, Alex Weiss and Dayton Pomeroy all adding one base knock.
The Tigers will return to action this weekend (March 23-25) when they take on Southwest Baptist in a three-game conference series in Bolivar, Mo. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. all three days.